March Holidays!
Not Parking
0 Comments

March Holidays!

• March 5th : Fat Tuesday – this is the day when people eat all they want because the next day, Ash Wednesday, symbolizes the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians.

• March 17th : St Patricks Day – this day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400’s AD.

• March 20th : International Earth Day – celebrated on the Vernal Equinox, International Earth Day was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. The Spring Vernal Equinox brings days and nights in equal proportions meaning it is the day when there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime.

4
March Industry News!
Not Parking
0 Comments

March Industry News!

There has been a lot happening recently in the parking industry so far this year! Check out the latest trending headlines about a delivery robot and the latest advances in autonomous vehicles!

5 Autonomous Cars Trends Everyone Should Know About In 2019

• Amazon has moved on as quickly as its same-day deliveries by announcing, almost concurrent with its breakup call to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, more than $1 billion of new funding for electric vehicles and self-driving cars. Read More Here

• Autonomous vehicles could transform parking as well as driving, new research suggests. Parking lots could house more driverless cars than human-driven ones, but autonomous vehicles could also lead to nightmarish gridlock if they slowly cruise the streets waiting for their owners, instead of paying to park. Read More Here

• Startups do it. Amazon does it. And now even Fedex is doing it — experimenting with robots for short-range deliveries. Today, the company officially announced its new FedEx SameDay Bot, which it says could help make “last mile” deliveries more efficient. Read More Here

30
The South Parking Deck is Complete!
Project Spotlight
0 Comments

The South Parking Deck is Complete!

In early 2018 we reported on the groundbreaking of the South Parking Deck at the newly renovated First Center Building (across the street from our offices) right here in Southfield, MI. Beaumont Health, a nonprofit hospital headquartered in Royal Oak, MI., is consolidating its shared services employees from 16 different locations to the building now called the Beaumont Services Center. This year around 3,000 Beaumont employees will relocate to this newly renovated office building.

In order to accommodate Beaumont’s move, the now completed South Parking Deck (designed by Rich & Associates in association with Neumann Smith Architecture), provides 600 parking spaces to the campus and is designed to be expanded horizontally in the future!

The South Parking Deck is the 6th parking deck designed and engineered by Rich & Associates for Beaumont Health at various campuses over the past 15 years.

65
The Griffin in Royal Oak, MI.
Project Spotlight
0 Comments

The Griffin in Royal Oak, MI.

First up on our list of exciting 2019 projects is The Griffin in Royal Oak, Michigan. Developed by Singh Development of West Bloomfield, Michigan, The Griffin is a 250,000 square foot luxurious apartment community that includes 245 apartments and ground floor retail. Located on the northeast corner of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue (across from the Detroit Zoo), The Griffin is near some of the hottest entertainment attractions, shopping districts, nightlife, dining establishments, and fitness and wellness centers in the metro Detroit area.

All of this will be wrapped around a 450 space six level parking garage. Each level of the parking garage connects to the residential floors providing convenient access for residents.

Construction of the parking garage was recently completed and the mixed-use structure is quickly rising. Rich & Associates, as consultants to Singh Development, provided parking consulting, architectural and structural engineering design services. Our designers workers coordinated closely with The Griffin design team that includes JDavis Architects of Raleigh, NC and Krieger Klatt Architects of Royal Oak, MI.

 

111
Winter Maintenance Tips!
Not Parking
0 Comments

Winter Maintenance Tips!

With the temperature dropping and snow falling, it is important to keep up on the proper maintenance and service techniques to keep your structure healthy.
We’ve put together a list of tips to follow to make sure your parking structure is prepared for the cold winter months ahead!

  • Make sure HVAC systems are in proper working order
  • Inspect doors and windows for any gaps
  • Routinely inspect floor drains to ensure they are free from accumulated debris
  • Make sure any gutters along the roof lines of vertical cores remain clean and free of debris
  • Remove any standing/ponding water in and around the structure
  • Promptly remove ice and snow from entrances and ramps
  • Treat icy spots with de-icing solutions such as CMA or Calcium Chloride
25
2019 Industry News!
Industry News
0 Comments

2019 Industry News!

The Parking Industry is off to a big start this year!
From the new purchase of the largest autonomous vehicle site in the country, to the end of self-parking fees, we’ve rounded up the latest headlines in the industry for you!
  • The largest autonomous vehicle test site in the United States has been acquired by AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah, one of the most familiar car-club brands in the country. Read More!

 

  • Detroit Medical Center has eliminated self-parking fees and increased valet fees at its Midtown Detroit campus.As of Jan. 1, parking decks are free for patients and family members, DMC announced in a news release. Read More!

 

  • New sensor technologies will lead the way in 2019, as automated cars begin to take aim at full autonomy.Advanced forms of radar, LiDAR, and inertial measurement will begin to move into small fleets of test vehicles, setting the stage for cars that can see better and make quicker decisions. Read More!

 

  • How online shopping is making congestion and pollution worse. Read More!

54
What’s to come in 2019!
Project Spotlight
0 Comments

What’s to come in 2019!

2019 is shaping up to be a great year at Rich & Associates, Inc.  Over the next 12 months we look forward to seeing some exciting garage projects advance through design and construction. Some of the projects that we will be sharing with you in the coming 12 months include;

132
Parking in The Holy Land!
History of Parking/Project Spotlight
0 Comments

Parking in The Holy Land!

In 1995, the team of Parsons Brinckerhoff and Rich & Associates were awarded the design of the new Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv Israel. The project scope included the design of two (2) parking garages, a new roadway system, signage and security systems. We were also responsible for planning and designing state of the art access and revenue control systems, including vehicle count systems with dynamic signage.

The Rich & Associates’ team arrived a day or two later than the Parsons’ team and we all met at the same hotel in downtown Tel Aviv. Discussions that evening planned out the next day’s activities and included updates to some of the protocols during our stay. One piece of advice we were given was not to tip any of the waiters at any eating establishment by putting it on the tab because it was a common practice there to tip in cash.

The first meetings were held at the airport facility aviation department, and subsequent meetings were switched between aviation at the airport, and the engineering and architectural offices in downtown Tel Aviv. The local Engineer was Del and the local Architect was Shlomo Aronson & Associates. The whole stay in Tel Aviv during this and other trips, introduced both teams to a new type of security that we had not yet experienced in the states. For example, we were advised to be at the airport 3 hours prior to our flights scheduled departure so that all of our bags could be checked and we could be questioned. The roadway system on the way to the airport had a security checkpoint before you even entered the airport grounds. The team tended to drive together to the airport in the mornings, and during the evenings we would usually meet up to cover the days activity.

The initial design was to put the garage parallel to the terminal building which meant there would be a long façade of the garage facing the terminal. As more schemes were developed, the local architect decided that there should be a garden in this area so that all visitors in the baggage claim and transportation areas could view the garden.

To achieve this garden, we changed the design from one long garage, to two garages perpendicular to one another so that the garden could be developed in between both garages.

In Israel during this time, everyone had military experience as both male and female citizens were required to serve. During a meeting in the local architect’s office, the architect was interrupted by his secretary who came in and told him that he was needed on the phone immediately. The architect came back into the meeting, put his pad down on the table and said he had to leave because his tank division was called up regarding something going on near the border. The architect had been called on to active duty and left the meeting immediately.

As part of the design of the garage facilities, we were responsible for the signage, the operating equipment, the functional planning, the lighting, and the security systems. We requested discussions with the security guards who were going to be active in the garage to go over security camera locations and the voice operated emergency systems. The security guards asked a question in the meeting about where to place the cars they towed, I told them we had space next to the garage to store these cars. Their response was “you don’t understand, the cars we tow tend to blow up, so we need an area with a blast fence around it to tow these cars!” Following that, we asked about additional security measures at the airport and it was pointed out that there were hatches in the walkways leading to the terminal building which opened up to an underground area. We asked what the underground area was for, they said it was a blast area for suspicious bags that had been left unattended or possibly contained explosives.

The conditions we were working under made for a very interesting project overall. The trips back and forth to Tel Aviv, each trip lasting approximately one to two weeks, gave me some personal time to explore many things in Israel and for that I am very grateful. One experience in particular that I really enjoyed, was taking a cable car up the side of a mountain in Southern Israel to tour Masada and then stopping to go in to The Dead Sea. I was also able to explore cities like Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Jericho, which really made this project a once in a lifetime experience. In review of this project, I started to reminisce on other projects I have done, and realized that I have had the pleasure of traveling to 14 different countries to work on projects. There were about 6 other countries that we had done designs for which I did not travel to, one of those countries being Saudi Arabia. I was advised not to go to Saudi Arabia because my passport had shown many visits to Israel.

 

 

57
Royal Oak Construction
Project Spotlight
0 Comments

Royal Oak Construction

Construction has been underway on the new 550-space 11 Mile Rd. Parking Structure for the City of Royal Oak, MI. The Rich & Associates’ team provided parking consulting, architectural, and structural engineering design services for this project. Here are some images of the new 550-space parking structure as it rises out of the ground today!

58